Repeated studies have shown that the average person, who could be diagnosed with a substance abuse problem, will discontinue use on their own 20 to 30 percent of the time. But, those who are exposed to AA and treatment and who are taught the disease concept have a drastically decreased chance of achieving sobriety. While treatment professionals are aware of program failure, governing organizations support and promote the adoption of 12-step tenets into treatment programs for substance abusers. Families pay tens of thousands of dollars to help their loved ones only to place them in programs that follow guidelines of a documented failed program. Any program based on a program that fails will inevitably fail. For most, 12-step has become synonymous with failure.
When I speak the truth, alcoholism is not a disease, people are often shocked. If they are not rabid, brainwashed Steppers, a rational conversation based on facts will help them understand so that they are informed rather than ignorant. This “disease theory” is so prevalent in American society (and we have spread it like a […]